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State to Announce Historic Preservation Strategy at Covington Event

NKY Restoration Weekend returns to Covington on March 21 & 22 and the Kentucky Heritage Council will be on hand to launch the public phase of its strategic planning process as well as tools the public can use over the next few months to offer input.

The free NKY Restoration Weekend provides valuable information for all owners of historic properties. Classes and demonstrations include: ‘How to make your historic home and property energy efficient and sustainable’, ‘Researching your historic home’, ‘Using the Kentucky homeowner’s rehabilitation tax credit’, ‘Tile maintenance’, ‘Window restoration’, and ‘Plaster, masonry repair and historic gardens’.

In partnership with the NKY AIA (American Institute of Architects and KAPA (Kentucky Chapter of the American Planning Association), NKY Restoration is also able to offer continuing education credits on historic preservation topics to professionals in the fields of architecture and planning. Accredited continuing education for AIA and AICP will be offered in the afternoon of Friday, March 21 at the Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center at 620 Greenup Street, Covington, KY. 

For the March 22 schedule of events, Dan Becker from Historic Raleigh North Carolina’s Preservation Program is the keynote speaker. Dan has been a leader in the local preservation movement for almost 30 years and has positioned Raleigh as the best practice leader in historic preservation.  

Also on March 22, the vendor’s fair showcases products, craftsman, and contractors with over 20 different vendors represented.

Last year over 300 homeowners and craftsmen took advantage of the NKY Restoration Weekend. Surveys from the participants gave the event rave reviews and many people said they walked away with useful information, particularly when it comes to rehabbing and maintaining their historic homes.

“NKY Restoration celebrates the amazing historic building stock that we have here and offers education opportunities to those who spend their time, money and energy in caring for and rehabbing them,” said Beth Johnson, Preservation and Planning Specialist for the City of Covington.

Kentucky Heritage Council to Launch PublicStrategic Planning Process 

The second entry in the 2014 Kentucky Preservation Series, "Planning to Preserve", coincides with the Restoration Weekend.

As part of the lunch keynote presentation on Saturday, Kentucky Heritage Council (KHC) Executive Director Craig Potts will launch the public phase of the strategic planning process. KHC serves as the state historic preservation office and updating the five-year plan is required by the National Park Service to help states identify and conserve historic places they consider important.

“Since being appointed state historic preservation officer in June, one of my priorities has been improving our statewide outreach, so the timing is perfect,” Potts said. “My goal is to get feedback from as many Kentuckians as possible, to find out how well communities are saving and maintaining their historic buildings and neighborhoods, and whether local officials place a priority on trying to find new uses for places such as old post offices, schools and downtown commercial buildings.”

“Through this process, we are trying to assess whether communities are putting historic buildings and sites to work for economic growth,” he said. “For instance, do elected leaders support efforts to rehabilitate and preserve historic places so they can be used to attract new businesses, or draw tourists interested in experiencing local history in an authentic way? And how can our agency better support community development that emphasizes preserving unique and irreplaceable local assets?”

Potts said KHC is especially interested in better assisting property owners who live in houses or neighborhoods from the 1960s and earlier. This is the primary target audience of NKY Restoration Weekend.

Public classes on Saturday, March 22, will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Gateway Urban Campus, 525 Scott Blvd. 

“Preservation: Crowdsourcing Community Investment” will be the lunch keynote presented by Dan Becker, manager of long-range city planning, development and historic preservation for the city of Raleigh, N.C. Afterward, he and historic preservation staff from Covington and Bellevue will conduct a roundtable discussion geared to local officials and preservation commissioners. Lunch is also free for the first 200 people who register.

NKY Restoration Weekend is funded in part by federal Certified Local Government funds, granted to the communities of Covington and Bellevue through KHC, from funds allocated by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. For a detailed schedule of classes or to register, visit www.northernkentuckyrestoration.com.

Photo: John W. Stevenson home in Covington now used by a promotions firm